6 Tasting Notes
This is a surprisingly good Earl Grey. It has a strong bergamot flavor without tasting overwhelmingly of lemon, and the tea itself is robust. This deals with my common complaints about earl grey — most brands taste too much like lemon rather than bergamot, or the tea itself has hardly any flavor (Twinings is an example of the former, and any of those organic free-trade teas are a good example of the latter). This tea makes a good standby, and its strong flavor lets you make a nice sorbet out of it. Try this:
Add a cup of sugar to 3.75 cups of water and bring to a rolling boil. Remove from heat and add 6 bags of Bigelow Earl Grey (I’ve found it’s the best for this sorbet). Let the tea steep for 30 minutes. For a stronger flavor, add some lemon juice or a lemon rind (in large pieces so that it can be removed easily). Remove the bags and chill completely, then put it in an ice cream maker. Doubles easily — great for hot days.
I purchased this in bulk based off of some Amazon reviews comparing it to teas from Maeda-en and Ito-en which I enjoy. It was considerably cheaper, so I thought it would be worth a try. I was very disappointed. This is a very uninteresting green tea — all I can really say for it is that it is better than what you’re likely to pick up at a grocery store, but not by much.
Who says good tea doesn’t come in bags? This is one of my two favorite green teas. It’s slightly sweet with bright green tea flavors without any of the usual green tea astringency, even if you steep it for a very long time. It’s best to brew a small cup with the bag to bring out the opacity from the matcha. It also comes in boxes of 100 individually wrapped bags for about $20.
I was pleasantly surprised by this tea (I do not usually enjoy flavored teas). The rose aroma and flavor is strong, but authentic and not synthetic at all. This is now a standard afternoon tea for me — and I typically prepare a pot with a smaller amount of tea than I would use and a longer steep to bring out more of the tea to stand up against the strong rose flavor.